Points To Ponder: NBA Players Who Deserved All-Star Call-Ups
The All Star votes have been tallied , coaches have voted and fans got who they wanted to see feature in the games. By popular demand, Allen Iverson and Kevin Garnett made the list.
Which makes us ask, on what grounds do players get voted into the All Star game?
This list will feature players in all positions that have carried their teams in some way, helped them win crucial games or have just used their experience as a beacon of light to guide their fellow players.
Might I warn you, it is in no particular order and there are no preferences
Rookies have come and gone, but Tyreke Evans is from another world.
Averaging 20.8 PPG, he has taken the NBA by storm crafting wins against the likes of Denver Nuggets, Chicago Bulls and winning the "rookie of the year" matchup against Brandon Jennings.
Rookies are not often called-up, but he should at least have made the reserves also.
Currently one of the underrated players in the Lakers team, Bynum is there when you need him. He steps up bug time and pours in points when Gasol is absent and Kobe is struggling.
In some instances, 15.8 PPG and 8.40 RPG is not that great, but at least he plays for "The Lakers" and should have been a reserve too.
While reading the great Hadarii Jones' article about Stephen Curry, it struck me that while Curry has the numbers to deserve to be an All Star, he also has the mental attributes that veterans have or some even wish they had.
A very young player, he still has a long way to go and the sky is definitely just a stepping stone for him.
This season, he has been ever-present for the Golden State Warriors,14 PPG doesn't say it all.
"Baby face" deserved at least to be a reserve—or does he?
He runs the offense like it was his best friend. His athleticism is intense, he has been the driving force of the Golden State Warriors offense, he pours in 26 PPG, but one man cannot do it all, hence the All Star snub for a great player on a team with a poor record.
Already being touted as "Defensive Player of the Year," his tenacity and hustle have helped the Atlanta Hawks to where they are right now.
With 15.1 PPG, 8.5RPG, 2.2 BPG, it us hard to see why he was snubbed.
The only reason sane enough for his snub is the NBA didn't want the Hawks to have a player from each of the three positions(F, G, C)
Double-double machine David Lee has better numbers this season than Al Horford and even Dwight Howard, but with a struggling New York team, he was snubbed because of the Knicks' record.
As a side note, he averages 19.6 PPG, 11.6 RPG. Another victim of a losing team.
His snub is just epic.
If the criteria used is points, 20.2 PPG
If the criteria used is rebounds, 9.1 RPG
If the criteria used is winning team, he falls short and therefore isn't picked just for this sole reason. So unfair
In what would have been a happy year for the Chicago Bulls, Noah was snubbed.
Derrick Rose became the first Bulls player to be an All Star since Michael Jordan in 1998, but one would say a player per team should do the trick, especially if it's the Bulls.
Then you look closer, Noah is at 11.3 PPG with 12.1 RPG and 1.7 BPG, an all round performer, a hustler a post player, he is vital to the team and has kept the Bulls running with his tenacity.
Definitely deserved a call-up.
The Bulls have a winning record and have won six straight games.
Where do I start "Mr. Big Shot"?
Chauncey Billups has redefined his position, being able to share the floor with Carmelo Anthony, Billups has brought the Nuggets from the depths to the top, on pace to score a career high 19.2 PPG, Billups leads the team with experience and co-ordination.
This is the most unexplainable subs of them all, Nuggets sit second in their Conference and it has all been down to Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups, why the snub for the latter.
Players get picked by popularity which is wrong.
Players who are consistently performing even if the team struggles are snubbed.
Players who have losing records and have better numbers are snubbed.
The NBA should look into this. This isn't the Grammy awards, this is sports.